The James T. McLaughlin Training Program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

& Training Program in Psychoanalysis

Listen, understand, interpret, and explore the in-depth psychological approaches to the complexities of the mind. This program is aimed at helping the mental health practitioner deepen their work with their patients/clients. You may participate in Year One without making a commitment to the Advanced Year course.

This training program is designed for participants who are trained and licensed in the fields of psychology, social work, counseling, psychiatric nursing, medicine and psychiatry.

All participants are expected to participate in year one as a pre-requisite to participating in the second year of the course, unless special permision is granted based on prior psychodynamic training.


Requirement of one year working with children or families, and a Master's Degree or equivalent, is required for the child psychodynamic psychotherapy course. However, special permission may be granted to those who do not yet meet this requirement based on interview with course coordinator or for WPIC and AGH residents.


For more information on each program visit the "Training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy & Part-Time Training in Psychoanalysis" section of our website:

Get to Know Freud as Few Do

PPC will be offerring "A Comprehensive Survey of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud." The course will be taught by PPC faculty member, Mario Fischetti, Ph.D., a winner of both national and local teaching awards. Dr. Fischetti has taught the course for many years and welcomes the opportunity to engage individuals with various academic backgrounds. A background in mental health is not required.


Some remarks from prior participants:

"Course was very well organized. I learned more in this course than I have learned since graduate school."

"Dr. Fischetti was clear and interesting."

"Dr. Fischetti's knowledge of the material and passion for teaching Freud made for a pleasure of a class. Discussions and lectures were fruitful and enjoyable."


Throughout the course, you will be delving into: Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Project for a Scientific Psychology, Studies on Hysteria, The Interpretation of Dreams, Three Essays on a Theory of Sexuality, Totem and Taboo, Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, Analysis Terminable and Interminable, Civilization and Its Discontents, among many others. 


The learning objectives of the course are:

1) To be able to compare, contrast, and comprehend the concepts of the pleasure/unpleasure principle, the reality principle, the constancy principle, the Nirvana principle, and the primary and secondary mental processes, especially as they relate to waking and sleeping states and the dreaming/wishing process.

2) To be able to compare, contrast, and comprehend the following models of the mind: economic, dynamic, developmental, topographic, and structural.

3) To be able to describe verbally how the deep psychoanalysis of individuals can illuminate human phylogeny, the development of groups and civilizations, and the reality of the life (sex) and death (aggressive) drives.


Format: lecture and discussion

Number of Sessions: 20 

Location: 401 Shady Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Fee: $600 paid to Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center - payment schedule can be arranged

Continuing Education Credits available for psychologists, psychiatrists, and LPC, MSW, LCSWs.

Dates: Every other Monday from September 29th, 2014 - June 29th, 2015

9/29, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15, 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm



To register for the course, download and fill out the registration form below and send in with $100 registration fee by September 1st, 2014


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What You Missed In 2012-2013

June 7th: The Dinner by Herman Koch  

Thanks to all who participated in this lively discussion!

An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal. It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

The PPC teamed with the Main Carnegie Library in Oakland for the third year in a row, to provide a chance to really analyze fiction. PPC faculty member, Mario Fischetti, Ph.D., psychoanalyst and psychologist in private practice, provided insight and analysis of popular fiction works in an informal discussion held at the Main Carnegie Library in Oakland. Join us next year for a whole new series!


Fiction with Freud

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014

Program: A Dialogue Between Motivational Interviewing and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy About Substance Use and Interfaces with Other Approaches

with Antoine Douaihy, M.D. and Mario Fischetti, Ph.D.

With Presentations by David Atkinson, M.D. and Laura LaPlante, M.D.

Thank you to all who joined us for this event, we hope to see you in the future!


Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

Audience: open to the public



6CE (including lunch) $75 Early Bird Discount: $47

6CE (without lunch) $65 Early Bird Discount: $37

General audience:

General Audience (No continuing education credits):

Including lunch $35 Early Bird: $25

Without lunch $20 Early Bird: $15 

Location: Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Auditorium

3811 O'Hara Street 
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2593 


About the program:

Antoine Douaihy, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Medical Director of Addiction Medicine Services at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and he has extensive experience in clinical, research and training applications of motivational interviewing.

Mario Fischetti, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst in private practice and a member of the Faculty of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, for over 12 years.  He has specialized in helping individuals with substance use through the practice of long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, and is currently working on a book on the phenomenon of cigarette smoking.


Learning Objectives:

1) Expand knowledge of how to engage, assess, and treat individuals with substance use.

2) Understand the interface between motivational interviewing, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and other therapeutic modalities (such as mutual help groups).

3) Through multiple case presentations, further explore theory and techniques of different types of approaches to working with substance use and how to integrate them, such as: motivational interviewing, psychopharmacology, mutual help groups and long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.

4) Learn how to individualize treatment for individuals who use substances by incorporating and integrating different treatment modalities.


To register for this program by mail, please download and mail the following to:

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center

401 Shady Avenue, Suite B-101

Pittsburgh, PA 15206 

Registration suggested by April 11th, 2014 with completed registration and payment


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Psychoanalytic Perspectives of Attachment & Reflective Parenting

Thank you for attending, we hope to have you join us again!


Date: Sunday, April 6th

Program: Psychoanalytic Perspectives of Attachment & Reflective Parenting

Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Audience: Open to the Public/Mental Health and Family/Child/Early Education Professionals encouraged

Cost: Free For General Audience   2Continuing Education Credits for $20 Administrative Fee

Location: East Liberty Presbyterian Church in the Social Hall 

Entrance at: 116 S. Highland 


Join PPC for an afternoon tea to discuss the psychoanalytic perspective of attachment and reflective parenting. The presentation is suitable for those interested in early childhood development, caregivers, and parents.


Program Content:


Part I:
Overview of Attachment Theory and Examples of How Each Pattern of Attachment Might Appear To An Observer

Part II:
Discussion of the Impact of Attachment on Brain/Mind Development and Future Functioning

Part III:
Presentation of Information on The Concept of Reflective Parenting As An Extension of Psychoanalytic Theory and as a Technique to Facilitate Optimal Child and Parent/Caregiver Interaction


The program will be provided by Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Faculty Members

Eleanor Irwin, Ph.D., Chair of the Child Analysis Committee of Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
Miriam Winikoff, M.Ed. Psychoanalyst and Psychologist in Private Practice
Janet Mooney, L.C.S.W. Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist in Private Practice


Help Tailor The Program to Fit Your Interest:

The presenters have asked that specific topics of interest, or needs for further information be collected from participants.


If you would like to help ensure that the program meets your learning objectives, please include some information on what you are seeking to learn as a result of attending when you register. 


Participation is open to anyone who is interested in the program, but pre-registration through email or phone is required.


Learning Objectives For Continuing Education:

  • Identify specific kinds of self and object relationships experienced in each attachment pattern.
  • Analyze the impact of attachment on the development of the self, and implications for future personality and social relationships.
  • Examine the use of Reflective Parenting as a technique to facilitate optimal parent-child interaction.



Analytic Flicks: Flight

Thank you to all who attended and we hope you will join us for our next analytic flicks night!



About the Film: 

Whip Witaker, portrayed by Denzel Washington, becomes an overnight hero as he crash-lands his plane during a mid-air malfunction and saves everyone on board. However, as more is learned, the question everyone is talking about is what really happened on that plane? Who was at fault? An investigation reveals that maybe Witaker is not the hero everyone makes him out to be.



Learning Objectives:

1) To learn how the movie Flight demonstrates the relationship between intoxicated states and manic states.

2) To learn how Flight demonstrates the importance of Bertram Lewin's concept of the oral triad.

Secure Attachment: A Foundation for Children's Healthy Development with Jude Cassidy, Ph.D.

Thank you to all who attended! We hope you will join us for the follow-up offering. 

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014

Program: Secure Attachment: A Foundation for Children's Healthy Development

with Jude Cassidy, Ph.D.

Time: 9:00am-12:30pm

Audience: Open to the public 

Cost: for 3 CEs $30 administrative fee/ $5 Discount for Members

Location: Chatham University Eddy Theatre

Parking suggested in Library Lot



Jude Cassidy, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland College Park and Director of the Maryland Child and Family Development Laboratory. She is the co-editor of the Handbook of Attachment and is also the co-editor of the journal Attachment and Human Development. Her principal research interests are: social development, social cognition, family relationships, emotion regulation, and early interventions.


For more information about Dr. Cassidy  click here:



In her lecture and video presentations; Dr. Cassidy will discuss learning within secure attachments, the importance of secure attachment for healthy development, and the Circle of Security approach to helping struggling families. 


Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

1. Effectively discuss the learning that takes place in the context of a secure attachment on both cognitive and emotional levels

2. Identify and assess three aspects of healthy functioning: healthy relationships, psychopathology, and school readiness 

3. Enumerate some of the key points of the Circle of Security, such as intervention, assumptions, and structure, in order to share the information with struggling families.


Analytic Flicks: Intouchables

Thank you to all who attended this wonderful night!


About the Film:

Based on a true story, Intouchables explores the unlikely friendship between a quadriplegic millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his ex-con artist caretaker (Omar Sy). This inspiring comedy shows that although the two seem to have nothing in common, trust and human possibility can go a long way. 


Learning Objectives:

To clarify that empathy plays a central role in psychoanalytic technique.

To see more clearly how our internal world influences our perceptions of people (ie. mentalization)

To see how adaptive mechanisms such as humor and sublimation help in dealing with stressors and crises.


About our presenter:

Howard K. Foster, M.D. is the President of the Psychoanalytic Center, and a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist in private practice. 

Thank you to those who attended the kick off a new series of events called Quantum on the Couch, the result of a collaboration with Quantum Theatre! It was a sold out crowd at Quantum Theatre's Parlour Song on Friday, November 15th.  The event included a discussion after the performance that looked at the psychology of the play by Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center's faculty member and psychoanalyst David Orbison, Ph.D., who was joined by Quantum Artist Director Karla Boos. If you're curious about the play, see below. 



Edgy, funny, and occasionally sinister, Parlour Song explores the mysteries beneath the manicured surface of a suburban housing tract, where all is not well in the lives of two friendly couples. 




"As staged and acted with a fluidity that never pushes ominous undertones but lets them float to the surface, "Parlour Song" casually locates the surreal, terrifying center of the common midlife crisis." 

   -NY Times


"And therein lies the affecting accomplishment of "Parlour Song." It peels its characters down to emotional nakedness without ever violating the mystery of people who remain mysteries even to themselves."

   -NY Times 

Come to know Freud as few do.

For the first time Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center will offer an opportunity to audit our course entitled,"A Comprehensive Survey of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud." The course will be taught by Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center Faculty Member, Mario Fischetti, Ph.D., a winner of both national and local teaching awards. Dr. Fischetti has taught the course for many years and welcomes the opportunity to engage individuals with various academic backgrounds. There is no requirement that participants have a background in mental health.

You will be delving into Project for a Scientific Psychology, Studies on Hysteria, The Interpretation of Dreams, Three Essays on a Theory of Sexuality, Totem and Taboo, Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, Analysis Terminable and Interminable, Civilization and Its Discontents, among many others.


The format of the seminar will be lecture and discussion.

Number of Sessions: 20
All Sessions will be held on Monday evenings.

8/26, 9/9, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 6/2, 6/16,6/30

Location: Shadyside or Lawrenceville location to be determined based on enrollment.

Fee: $600 collected by Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
Continuing Education Credits available for psychologists, psychiatrists, and LPC, MSW, LCSW's.

For an application see below.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Participation in the course is subject to faculty approval.

Maurice Apprey, Ph.D., DM, FIPA
Professor Psychiatry, School of Medicine;
Dean of African American Affairs, University of Virginia;
Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Contemporary Freudian Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association


Thank you to those who attended this event! Friday, September 6th 2013
6:30-9:30 pm
Room 105 College Hall
Duquesne University,+Pittsburgh,+PA


With introduction by William Cornell, M.A., and discussants Leswin Laubscher, Ph.D., Associate Professor Psychology, Duquesne University, and Thomas Janoski, Ph.D. Faculty Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center


Sponsored by:
Duquesne University Department of Psychology
The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
With Special thanks to William Cornell, M.A. and the Keeping the Work Alive lecture series


Dr. Apprey is one of a select few individuals trained in London by Anna Freud at the Hampstead Clinic, now The Anna Freud Centre, where he graduated in 1979. Dr. Apprey then trained in adult psychoanalysis at the Contemporary Freudian Society, the institute in which he now serves as training and supervising analyst. Interested in the tension between description and interpretation, he continued his studies with Amedeo Giorgi at the Saybrook Institute in San Francisco. It was from that Institute he received a Ph.D. in human science research. In addition he has a Doctor of Management from the Wetherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University where he studied social change management.


With his focus on interethnic conflict resolution, he was a member of the interdisciplinary team from the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction of the University of Virginia that managed the transition from Sovietization to the restoration of independence of Estonia in Eastern Europe from 1994 to 1999.


Today, Dr. Apprey is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia where he has taught undergraduate and medical students, residents in psychiatry and psychology, and hospital chaplains, among others.


A prolific writer, Dr. Apprey has published extensively on the topics of: conflict resolution and social change management; modern French and German phenomenology; and child, adolescent and adult psychoanalysis. This blend of knowledge, passion and research has informed his latest publications, and attendees can expect him to draw from all areas in his presentation.


Dr. Apprey will be considering the analysis of transgenerational transmission of destructive aggression. Dr. Apprey utilizes ordinary and extraordinary stories of returning to oneself as part of the narrative on transgenerational transmission.


In his paper he poses the following questions: What basic conceptual assumptions could facilitate how we theorize transgenerational transmission? What impediments present themselves when we use existing psychoanalytic theories in inflexible ways as points of entry into the psychoanalytic exploration? Additionally, he brings a concept of resistance as provider of opportunity rather than as opposition.


3 Continuing Education Credits Available: $30 Administrative Fee
Free Admission for Duquesne Students, Faculty and Staff
$10 General Admission/No Continuing Education Credits


Learning Outcomes:
1. An understanding of basic assumptions that can facilitate how we theorize transgenerational transmission.
2. Knowledge and awareness of the impediments that are created by utilizing existing psychoanalytic theories in inflexible ways as points of entry into psychoanalytic exploration
3. Ability to approach resistance as an opportunity instead of opposition.


Suggested Readings:
Repairing History: Reworking Transgenerational Trauma, and Difference and the Awakening of Wounds In Intercultural Psychoanalysis
(shared with permission for those in attendance).

Thank you to those who attended this event! 

This paper presents ideas in progress about the development of an American Independent Tradition, which the author has tentatively called intersubjective ego psychology. The American Independent Tradition filters and develops ideas found originally in the writings of Hans Loewald. It constitutes a middle ground between egopsychology and relational psychoanalysis.


The tradition recognizes the analytic relationship but preserves the individuality and autonomy of each participant.The paper compares and contrasts the American Independent Tradition with the British Independent Tradition and wonders whether we can find independent traditions in other parts of the analytic world. This presentation of ideas in progress is meant to spark discussion and reflection about the trajectory of psychoanalysis in the United States, about the uses of theory,and about alternative ways of conceptualizing and using the relationship in clinical work.


Nancy J. Chodorow, Ph.D. is Training and Supervising Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute; Geographic Regional Supervising Analyst, Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center; and Faculty, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She is Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and Professor Emerita of Sociology and Clinical Faculty Emerita, University of California, Berkeley. Her books include The Reproduction of Mothering (1978, 2nd. ed., 1999); Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory (1989); Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud and Beyond (1994); The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Culture (1999); and Individualizing Gender and Sexuality: Theory and Practice (2012). She is author of numerous articles on comparative psychoanalytic theory and technique, Loewald and the Loewaldian tradition, sexuality, the psychology of women, and gender. She is recipient of numerous awards, prizes, and fellowships. Dr. Chodorow is in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


"Clinical Moment" Open Sessions For Licensed Mental Health Professionals

Join PPC for an evening exploring how an analyst works. If you would like to know more about deepening your work with your clients, or have been considering furthering your training these open sessions will provide you with an opportunity to explore psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy through "clinical moments" shared by analysts.


The discussion will be followed by information about our programs.  


The event is free, but there is a $25 administrative fee for those seeking 2 Continuing Education credits for attending.


Thank you to those who attended this event!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 --Stacey Wettstein, Ph.D.

Monday, May 13, 2013--Paula Moreci, L.C.S.W. 

7-9 pm 

PPC Library

Registration is required

Refreshments will be provided

Space is limited

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"A Psychotherapy for the People: Toward a Progressive Psychoanalysis," A Discussion of his new book by Lewis Aron, Ph.D. Friday, February 1, 2013

How did psychoanalysis come to define itself as being different from psychotherapy? How have racism, homophobia, misogyny and anti-Semitism converged in the creation of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis? Is psychoanalysis psychotherapy? Is psychoanalysis a "Jewish science"? 


In this presentation, Lewis Aron will provide an overview of his recent scholarship on the history of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis and their implications for practice and education.  Inspired by  the progressive and humanistic origins of psychoanalysis, Lewis Aron and Karen Starr pursue Freud's call for psychoanalysis to be a "psychotherapy for the people."  The present a cultural history focusing on how psychoanalysis has always defined itself in relation to an "other."  At first, that other was hypnosis and suggestion; later it was psychotherapy. 


Thomas Janoski, Ph.D., a faculty member of Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, and a Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist in private-practice will be the discussant. 


Lewis Aron, Ph.D. is the Director of the New York University Post doctoral program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, including A Meeting of Minds and the Relational Perspectives Book Series.  He was one of the co-founders of the journal Psychoanalytic Dialogues.  He has served as President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association; founding President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); founding President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA).  He is the co-founder and co-chair of the Sandor Ferenczi Centet of the New School for Social Research, and an Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society.  He practices and leads numerous study groups in New York City and Port Washington, NY.  


Thank you to those who attended this event!  Friday, February 1, 2013

Bigelow Conference Center

4338 Bigelow Blvd.

7-9 pm

2 CE Available 


This program was made possible through the support of William Cornell and the Keeping the Work Alive Series. We would like to express our appreciation for the opportunity. 

Analytic Flick: Bon Jour Monsieur Shlomi Friday, February 8, 2013

Bon Jour Monsieur Shlomi will be our next film in the Analytic Flicks series.  You won't want to miss the assortment of characters in this quirky, sweet, funny coming of age story that shows the power of untapped potential. 


Our featured guest speaker will be Assistant Superintendent, David May-Stein.  Prior to becoming Assistant Superintendent, Mr. May-Stein served in a variety of educational settings and roles. He started his career in Pittsburgh Public Schools and has worked for two decades to advance the educational system. He taught at Pittsburgh Langley, the Pioneer Education Center, the Secondary Education Center and Allegheny Middle School.  Mr. May-Stein then served as an administrator.  From 1996-2011, he served as the acting principal of the Alternative Education Center, the acting dean of students at Allegheny Middle School, the dean of students at Prospect Middle School and the principal at both Knoxville Elementary l and Pittsburgh Colfax K-8.  He will bring a wealth of knowledge from his experience to share with our audience.  


Eleanor Irwin, Ph.D., will provide the psychoanalytic perspective of the film. Dr. Irwin is a psychologist, a Child and Adult Psychoanalyst, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University ofPittsburgh. She is a past president of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, where she is on the faculty and Chair of the Child Analysis Committee. Dr. Irwin has made films and written extensively about children and their families in treatment and community settings. In addition to serving as a preschool consultant, she is a co-founder with Judith Rubin, Ph.D., of Expressive Media, Inc., a non-profit organization that makes teaching and training films in mental health.



Bigelow Conference Center

4338 Bigelow Blvd.

6:30-9:30 pm

Suggested donation: $10 / $5 Students

3 Continuing Education Credits Available for $25 Administrative Fee

Join us for Footnote a film exploring the impact of ambition, rivalry and jealousy on the relationship between a father and a son.  The film, by Joseph Cedar, was well-received by critics.  Hannah Brown, of the Jerusalem Post, wrote, "Cedar uses dramatic cinematography, music and visual effects to signal that this is a film about an earth-shaking battle, at least in its protagonists hearts and minds." 


The discussion will feature faculty member, David Orbison, Ph.D. Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist in private practice, and Alan Meisel,JD, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Law at the University of Pittsburgh. 


Suggested Donation: $10 / $5 Students

3 CE Available for $25 Administrative Fee 


Friday, November 30th 


Bigelow Conference Center 

4338 Bigelow Blvd. 

Oakland 15213 


Parking at Soldiers and Sailors is recommended.

Street parking is also available.

Handicapped accessible. 

Study of Smoke--Rust Colored by Claire Hardy


Smoke and Ephemera: A Discussion of Art will feature works of Claire Hardy and other artists on display at the Galerie Werner located in the historic Mansions on Fifth.  The discussion will be a free event for members, and will be open to the public. Due to the popularity of our last member event, we respectfully request that you let us know you are planning to attend so that we may comfortably accommodate everyone.

A $10 donation is suggested for non-members. 




























Join Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center faculty member, Mario Fischetti for a discussion exploring the basic tenents of psychoanalytic theory and the contribution Freud made to mankind. This is a free member event, and is open to the public. 

A $10 donation is suggested for non-members. 

Refreshments will be offered.

The treatment of borderline and narcissistic patients is one of the most challenging areas in mental health. Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) is an evidence-based psychodynamic psychotherapy developed by Otto Kernberg, M.D., and colleagues that combines the depth of a psychodynamic approach with a structure that facilitates working with personality disordered patients. A growing body of clinical experience and research shows that TFP can help patients achieve character change, resulting in more stable, productive, and satisfying lives.


Two years ago Dr. Barry L. Stern came to Pittsburgh to present a day-long overview of TFP. This year Dr. Stern will return to the PPC to provide a more in-depth TFP training experience that will take place over 3 days and involve 3 independent components.


On Friday, Dr. Stern will provide a 3-hour introduction to TFP based on the 2010 training. The Friday component is open to individuals with no prior TFP training, as well as individuals who wish to attend for purpose of review. Saturday will be divided among three issues central to the conduct of TFP treatment: contracting; technical neutrality and countertransference management; and the treatment of narcissistic pathology.


The Saturday component is open to individuals who have some prior TFP training, which includes the 2010 PPC training, the Friday overview, or other TFP training.


Sunday will feature a peer consultation group lead by Dr. Stern, and modeled on those developed and lead by Drs. Kernberg & Yeomans at the Personality Disorders Institute in New York. This component is limited to 14 participants and will include the presentation and discussion of two cases drawn in advance from the group. Advanced registration is required.




Friday: 6:30 -9:30pm  $45 General Admission/ No CE or $55 with 3 CE

Saturday: 9am-4:30 pm $65/General Admission (No CE/ includes boxed lunch)

$100 with 6 CE  (and boxed lunch included)

Fri.& Sat. $100 /No CE  and $130 9 CE



Thank you to those who attended this event!

Friday, October 19th, 2012 7:00-9:00 pm (2CE/CME

$30 General Admission (No CE) $45 w/ 2 CE

& Saturday, October 20th, 2012 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (6 CE/CME

$45 General Admission (includes boxed lunch) $100 w/ 6 CE

Both days $60/ No CE $120 8 CE

Registration form below

The Psychoanalytic Center (PPC) is delighted to present a Friday
evening lecture and Saturday workshop featuring Drs. Alexandra Harrison and Susan Sherkow, two prominent Analysts who are also accomplished researchers and teachers. They will present their
fascinating work with young children through the use of frame by frame analysis of videotaped play sessions. Drs. Harrison and Sherkow will illustrate their work with emotionally disturbed
youngsters, including those with ADD/ADHA and on the Autism spectrum. Their presentation offers vivid examples of the meaning-making that is possible when adult and child are empathically

Microanalysis of the videotapes, taken by Drs. Harrison and Sherkow in
therapy sessions over time, clearly demonstrates the importance of reviewing what is often overlooked or forgotten in moments of intense interaction. Capturing the minute details of nonverbal and
verbal communication can enhance understanding of the deeper layers of meaning and their associated connections. Observing the vocalizations, gestures, glances, body movements and affect-laden play
interactions on tape, the fragments of communications that are ordinarily missed can help therapists to understand how to enhance the deepening of attunement between individuals.

Viewing the videotapes also demonstrates what may disrupt the process,
making repair more difficult and clinical interaction less effective. Moments of understanding and synchrony are created by capturing the child's signals, which can facilitate attachment. These
videotapes clearly illustrate how crucial it is to be attuned to the other's emotions, while attempting to match those feelings in timing and intensity. When the child's experience is communicated
accurately, true interactional sharing is possible, leading to understanding and change. This kind of interaction can be utilized in schools and homes, as well as in the treatment room with positive

Although Drs. Harrison and Sherkow will demonstrate work with children,
the clinical skills they discuss apply to those who work with all ages. Empathic connection with another that can lead to emotional regulation and control is a skill that therapists, teachers and
parents can learn, replicating the hoped-for good mother/good child interaction that leads to healthy emotional and physical well-being.


Special thanks to Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health for support of our program!

Crumb explores the life of Robert (R.) Crumb, the underground cartoonist famous for developing the role of the antihero in comics and for his sharp satire of the 60's and 70's generations. Much of Crumb's work focuses on his own anxiety, depression, and sexual obsessions. Director, Terry Zwigoff, a long-time friend of Crumb's, is allowed an access to his subject that has no boundaries.

Critical Acclaim:
From the New York Times:
The art critic Robert Hughes calls Mr. Crumb "the Bruegel of the 20th century." That may be overstating it. But the film's many examples of Mr. Crumb's work present a vision of American life as a phantasmagoric gallery of grotesques that is as gripping as it is harshly funny.
From Rotten Tomatoes:
So well-regarded was the documentary Crumb (1994) that the failure of it and of the same year's equally acclaimed Hoop Dreams (1994) to result in Oscar nominations caused a media furor which forced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to revamp its documentary nomination process.

Discussant Matt Markon, LCSW, J.D., Psychotherapist in private practice and PPC Candidate
With guest presenter Joe Wos, Executive Director of the ToonSeum
Stacey Wettstein, PhD, Psychologist and Psychotherapist in private practice will moderate.

3 Continuing Education Credits Available See Pricing Details When Purchasing Tickets

Come explore the origns of creativity and the way the shared experience of a multi-media presentation of artworks of Magritte, Bacon, Freud and Kahlo.



Creativity and Aesthetic Experience:

A Psychoanalytic Approach

Presentation by Jean-Michel Quinodoz, Swiss Psychoanalyst and Author

Discussant, Judith A. Rubin, Art Therapist and Psychoanalyst

Emeritus Member of PPC

Friday, June 8, 2012

6:30-9:00 pm

Chatham University Eddy Theatre

2.5 Continuing Education Credits available (see below for more information)


Co-sponsored by:

Chatham University Department of Film Studies

Pittsburgh Association for Psychoanalytic Thought

With special thanks to Bill Cornell and the Keeping Our Work Alive series

For more information or 412-661-4224

$5 students and candidates

$15 general admission (no continuing education credits)

$35 for 2.5 Continuing Education Credits with admission

Last Chance for Analytic Flicks: He Loves Me He Loves Me Not

Come experience another exciting film and discussion hosted by the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center!

He Loves Me He Loves Me Not is a 2002 French psychological thriller that follows the thoughts of artist/café worker/house sitter Angelique (Audrey Tautou) and married cardiologist Dr. Lorie Le Garrec (Samuel Le Bihan). Following the movie, stay for a discussion of erotomania, stalking and relationship violence.

Analytic Flicks
June 1, 2012, 6:30 PM
Bigelow Conference Center
4338 Bigelow Blvd., Oakland

Following the film, Kathleen George, PhD, noted Pittsburgh mystery writer and Pitt professor, and Matt Markon, LCSW, therapist in private practice and former lawyer and consultant to the Washington DC Police Department, will discuss the themes and content with Stacey Wettstein, PhD, psychologist and psychotherapist as moderator.


Mental health professionals requesting CMEs/CEUs must preregister on the website.
Suggested donation- $10/$5 for students

LitAnalysis: Reading Fiction With Freud

Saturdays, 2 - 3 pm at the Main Carnegie Library

The PPC has teamed up with the Main Carnegie Library in Oakland to provide a chance to really analyze fiction. PPC Faculty and Candidates will provide insight and analysis of popular fiction works in an informal discussion held at the Main Carnegie Library in Oakland. All discussions will be held on Saturday from 2-3 pm in Classroom A.

(Free and Open to the Public)


March 24, 2012   "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" discussion with

                             Mario Fischetti, Ph.D., Faculty PPC, Psychoanalyst, Psychologist in

private practice


April 28, 2012     "Little Bee" discussion with Candidate Matt Markon, J.D., M.S.W.

in private practice


May 26, 2012      "Room" discussion with Eleanor Irwin, Ph.D., Child and Adult

Psychoanalyst and Psychologist in private practice


June 23, 2012     "The Tiger’s Wife" discussion with Mario Fischetti, Ph.D.


PPC provides these opportunities for the public to be engaged in the vital community of thought that exists in psychoanalytic themes.

Analytic Flicks


Save the date for: Bill Cunningham New York


The next film in our series will inspire you to:

a. dress to impress

b. ride a bike

c. keep reinventing yourself into and beyond your eighties



Come examine the life of contributor to the New York Times Fashion magazine, Bill Cunninham, who uses an almost analytic method to spot what is being expressed on the streets of New York through the lens of fashion. More information about the speakers and the topics that will be discussed will be posted soon.



Friday, April 13, 2012

6:30-9:30 PM

Bigelow Conference and Reception Center

4338 Bigelow Blvd. (See Map)

$10 Suggested Entry Donation/ $5 Students

3 CE Available ($25 Administrative Fee)

Snacks Available (Donation Requested)

Pre-register space limited use link below

1/2 Sandwich available for pre-order $5


Analytic Flicks provides an opportunity to use film as a way of looking at the human experience through the analytic lens. Psychoanalysts and others in the mental health field will provide insight into the material presented in the films. The series is offered on Friday evenings at the beautiful Bigelow Conference and Reception Center at 4338 Bigelow Boulevard in the heart of Oakland, with convenient parking in Soldiers and Sailors Garage (The conference center is located next to the 20th Century Club -- some GPS systems may not correctly navigate to this address).




Visiting Analyst Weekend with Evelyne Albrecht Schwaber, M.D.

 The presentation will begin with a ten-minute showing of On Empathy,
Kohut’s last presentation (1981). It completes the circle in the spotlight he
shone, since 1959, on the concept of empathy and its fundamental nature
within psychoanalytic observation and data-gathering. My own pathway in
analytic training which I shall try to illustrate, molded particularly in
comparative supervisory encounters, led me to recognize the extraordinary
power in grappling with the implications in Freud’s groundbreaking
discovery, dening the domain of psychoanalysis: “psychic reality” – that is,
inner reality – “as the decisive kind.” e concept of empathy, understood
not as a theory-specic or technical stance, but as intrinsic to our mode of
listening and observation, may then be viewed as a central dimension
illuminating this intrapsychic domain, -- our psychoanalytic data base.
Clinical examples including citations from the work of Freud and Kohut,
commentary from the late Japanese psychoanalyst, Takeo Doi, and
observations from infant research illuminated by Louis Sander, will be
oered for further elaboration.

Educational Objectives:

1. To discern more subtly diering cues by which individual reality may be revealed in listening to and observing patients’ associations and behaviors,

2. to describe the distinctively analytic mode of observation of the workings of patients’ minds, and

3. to note added dimensions in the illuminative power in a stance of ongoing struggle to listen, and the rewards in capacity for discovery. 


2 CE Available for this presentation for psychiatrists, psychologists and Social Workers

Pittsburgh Association for Psychoanalytic Thought Presented My Name Was Sabina Spielrein...

From the My Name Was Sabina Spielrein Website:


Docudrama is a delicate genre especially when it is dealing with history. Many people fell into the temptation of mixing dry facts with colourful romantic images. The filmmaker Elisabeth Márton, who has already proven her ability to realize well thought out films (among others "Way of the Winds”, where she illustrates the life and work of the photographer Lütfi Özkök), finds from the very beginning a happy balance between sensationalism and contemplation, between emotion and knowledge. Márton and her team create an elegant and aesthetically challenging puzzle emplying conventionell methods like old diaries, yellowed photographs and crumpled papers. The short dramatic scenes appear like quickly hurrying shadows. They form and underline a spiritual condition and do not simply function as a dramatic device. That’s good, particularly in relation to the tragic end which shows how Sabina Spielrein and her family once again found themselves trapped between two unforgiving rulers: Stalin and Hitler. Her brothers became victims of Stalin’s terror. Sabina Spielrein was killed in 1942 in Rostov on Don by Nazi soldiers.

Helena Lindblad, Dagens Nyheter 14.10.02


Márton’s deft re-enactments and the actors’ dramatic readings of Spielrein’s own words tell a chilling story, bringing to light both the work of this pioneer and the dark side of psychoanalysis. Documentary and drama carry Spielrein’s life into the crosshairs of warring ideologies (Communism, National Socialism). With a rare gift for melding subjectivity with biographical facts, Márton brings Sabina Spielrein back to life, body and soul.

B. Ruby Rich, Toronto International Film Festival 2002



Presentation following the film:


Psychoanalysis: A Cure by Love Traversing the Edge of the Psyche and Body

Mario Fischetti, Ph.D.

Psychoanalyst and Psychologist in Private Practice

Volunteer Faculty Member Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center




An Aborted Attempt At Coming Into Being: The Failure of Freud and Jung in the Case of Sabina Spielrein

Marlene Goldsmith, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist in private practice




Prajna Parasher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Film Chatham University




Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Technical and Psychoanalytic Perspectives in Treating People with Severe Communication Disabiliities



Bruce R. Baker, Ph.D. has turned his life long facination with linguistics into a passion for helping individuals wtih physical disabilities.  Dr. Baker, an adjunct associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, is founder and president of Semantic Compaction Systems.  His company, based in Castle Shannon, develops, translates, and licenses iconic interfaces for computers in a variety of languages.  He was compelled to develop Minspeak in 1980 after meeting intellegent people who were physically unale to write, talk,, or use hand signs.  He used his classic linguistic training to create a patented visual languats system based upon ancient heiroglyphics.


Joseph Hinchliffe, M.D., is a volunteer faculty person with Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. He will present on Silence, issues of treating people with severe communication disabilities, technical and psychoanalytic perspectives, and the Person Within: working with a non speaking individual, and communicating with non-speakers.


Jennifer Lowe is a Minspeak user and elloquent provider of the perspective of those individuals with severe communication disability. She is Executive Director of SHOUT and is featured in the film "Only God Can Hear Me."


PPC wishes to thank all the participants for their time and energy.

 Writing Your Life: A Journey In Self-Discovery

Inspired by the book, "Growing Old: A Journey of Self-Discovery," this new 'life writing' course was offered to all members of the community, young and old, as a time to reflect on your self-narrative and develop a more cohesive sense of self. Participants requested we offer another session.


Classes will be held in the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center

Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Cost for the whole series is $40 (Scholarships are available)


The next series will be offered in April! If you are interested, email

and PPC will alert you of when to sign up and what dates will be offered.


Thank you for visiting! We hope to see you at some of these events.

Required Continuing Education Information:

CME Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential

Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is

accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a

(maximum number of)  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial

relationships to disclose.


Psychologists, Social Workers (MSW, LCSW,MFT, LPC) and Counselors:

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content.


The Pennsylvania Board of Social Work approves of credits issued by APA sponsors. Therefore the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center is able to offer continuing education credits to social workers and counselors per Section 49.36(a) (6) ix)of the regulations at the time of offering. 

Grievance Procedure

PPC is committed to providing quality programs and experiences for our particpants. If you should have any grievance that you would like to bring to the attention of our Education Committee Chair, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We ask that you provide the following information to help us better to respond to your inquiry:

  • Name
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Date of Program/Name of Program
  • Details of concern

All concerns should be addressed to Tom Janoski, Ph.D., Chair of Education Committee

They can be sent via email to:

or by mail to:


401 Shady Avenue Suite B101

Pittsburgh, PA 15206


You are also invited to call and discuss the cocern wtih us at (412) 661-4224. 


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